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Check to see if your school is open: For information on school closures on Monday December 11 due to adverse weather, please go to the weblink below: http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Dates/Pages/Emergency-School-Closures.aspx

Adverse weather updates 10.12.17 - 11.12.17 - For updates on all major roads, including the M11, A12, A120 and A130, please go to the @highwayseast twitter feed.

Adverse weather updates 10.12.17 - 11.12.17 - Please go to the Essex Highways @essexhighways and Essex County Council @essex_cc twitter feeds for the latest updates on the Essex local road network.

Our responsibilities

As a lead local flood authority, Essex County Council has a role in overseeing the management of local flood risk, including:

 

  • Groundwater flooding - caused when heavy or prolonged rainfall makes the groundwater table rise above its normal level
  • Surface water (rainfall) runoff - flows from, or over, surfaces such as roads, roofs and patios that cannot easily absorb water
  • Ordinary watercourses (streams and ditches) - channels which cannot contain large volumes of surface water runoff during or after heavy rain
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We also have the powers and duties to: 

  • commission works to manage flood risk from surface runoff or groundwater
  • request information from any person in connection with the authority’s flood and coastal erosion risk management functions
  • give consent for any changes to ordinary watercourses
  • record, investigate and publish reports on significant floods in the county
  • record flood assets and identify those responsible for maintaining them
  • designate any features which have a significant impact on flood risk so they cannot be removed or replaced without consent
  • work with organisations such as the Environment Agency and water companies to develop a local flood risk management strategy for managing surface runoff, groundwater and ordinary watercourses throughout Essex
  • ensure that developments drain in a manner which does not increase flood risk elsewhere, as well as trying to reduce the risk of flooding wherever possible.  
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We have no mandate or duty to investigate or seek to provide flood protection measures for residents unless the flooding to a property is deemed to be significant. For more information, see our flood investigation page.    

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